David S. Lirenman

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Various aberrations of cell biology have been reported in polycystic kidney diseases and in cystic renal dysplasias. A common theme in these disorders is failure of maturation of renal cells which superficially resemble embryonic tissue. Apoptosis is a feature of normal murine nephrogenesis, where it has been implicated in morphogenesis, and fulminant(More)
OBJECTIVE We reviewed 5 years' experience with peritoneal dialysis in children with acute renal failure after cardiac operations. We hypothesized that peritoneal dialysis is safe and effective in children with low-output cardiac failure after cardiac operations. RESULTS Mortality in these patients with renal failure (n = 32) was 46.9%. Fluid removed by(More)
The distinctiveness of IgM nephropathy (IgMN) as a clinicopathologic entity is controversial. Twenty-seven children (16 males, 11 females) with IgMN as defined immunohistochemically by diffuse mesangial staining of glomeruli for IgM were compared to a group of 63 children (40 males, 23 females) with minimal change disease (MCD). While mesangial expansion(More)
INTRODUCTION This randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigated the effectiveness of and satisfaction with small-group problem-based learning (PBL) versus a didactic lecture approach to guideline dissemination in asthma management controlling for confounders common in comparative educational interventions. METHODS Sites were selected as either lecture or(More)
AIMS To compare the neuropsychological functioning and behaviour of children with non-syndromic end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and sibling controls. METHODS The study was carried out at two tertiary care paediatric teaching hospitals, in Halifax and Vancouver, Canada. Children with ESRD were on a renal transplant waiting list and either pending dialysis(More)
We have previously reported sirolimus (SRL) pharmacokinetics (PK) in pediatric renal transplant recipients on a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-free protocol. We now report pediatric SRL PK in pediatric renal transplant patients receiving SRL + CNI. SRL was dosed to achieve target trough levels between 10 and 20 ng/mL. We performed 49 SRL PK profiles in(More)
Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is widely used to prevent acute rejection in adults after renal, cardiac, and liver transplantation. This study investigated the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of MMF suspension in pediatric renal allograft recipients. One hundred renal allograft recipients were enrolled into three age groups (33 patients, 3 months to(More)
A number of clinical laboratory and biopsy-derived parameters were assessed for their prognostic significance in the short (24 months), intermediate (60 months) and long terms in 45 patients (43 female, 2 male) with diffuse proliferative lupus glomerulonephritis (DPGN). The factors evaluated were serum creatinine (SCr) and urinary protein at time of biopsy,(More)
Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), a potent and specific inhibitor of guanosine nucleotide synthesis, is a new immunosuppressive drug used to prevent rejection in transplant patients. Extensive data on its utility and efficacy exists in adult patients but there is limited experience in pediatrics. Twenty-four children (14 male, 10 female; 2-19 yr of age), eight(More)
Renal-coloboma syndrome includes abnormalities in the urogenital and ocular systems as its primary manifestations, although it can be associated with abnormalities in other systems as well. This syndrome is caused by mutations in the PAX2 gene and is transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait. We report a family in which at least 7 members have(More)